I like to tell people in early recovery that we should look at sobriety as an adventure. It can be filled with fears and uncertainty, but also wonderful discoveries.
Some of these discoveries help us to grow and understand ourselves better—two important ingredients for greater happiness. While others help us with our fears and to start believing we can remain sober through tough times.
We may need help from people along the way. But this can help to encourage us that our adventure will continue to get better.
Ultimately, as we continue to grow, we will discover an inner strength that we didn’t know we had. This new-found “self-confidence” is perhaps our biggest discovery and most treasured find in our adventure.
Even with fears and uncertainty still a part of our lives, we begin to believe that we can be all right no matter what our current circumstances are. We become aware that we’re doing better emotionally, and we begin to see that many of our fears are like the boogeyman; not real.
We also see how our story can benefit others, and find yet another wonderful discovery—we are no longer the same selfish person that we once were and we actually enjoy helping others.
There’s certainly much more to recovery than what I’ve written here—it can entail different paths for different people. But as I said, sobriety should be looked at as an adventure. All we need to do is remind ourselves how our lives were before we began our quest for a new life.
By doing so, we see how much better it is to live a life of discovery along with any fear and uncertainty we may have, than it is to live a life where fear and uncertainty is the only thing we know.